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» Jamie Carragher names third best player in world behind Messi and Ronaldo
Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne has scored 50 goals and racked up 90 assists since joining Manchester City from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015.
» Chelsea transfer round-up: Juventus eye Palmieri move amid Rudiger uncertainty
Chelsea have been very active in the transfer market this summer, splashing out over £200million to sign Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.
» Arsenal transfer round-up: Partey hunt suffers blow as Guendouzi demands exit
Arsenal have been busy in the transfer window this summer, signing four players and successfully tying down lead goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new long-term contract at the Emirates
» Liverpool transfer round-up: Brewster bid denied as Klopp settles on defenders
Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster, who spent the duration of last season on loan with Swansea, has courted interest from several clubs this summer.
» Manchester United transfer round-up: Winger offered as Sancho alternative
Manchester United are still keen to bolster their squad before the transfer window shuts on October 5, and they've reportedly been offered an alternative to Borrusia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho
» Wolves 1-3 Man City: Phil Foden on the scoresheet as City earn opening win
Kevin De Bruyne's penalty and Foden's strike had put Man City well in control but Raul Jimenez's header set up a nervy finish before Gabriel Jesus sealed the points
» Wolves 1-3 Man City player ratings as De Bruyne and Foden shine in win
Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were on target in the first half to help Manchester City secure a win over Wolves in their opening Premier League game of the season
» Carragher explains how Man Utd's midfield could be big weakness this season
Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek this summer and their new transfer is set to feature against Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in midfield this season
» FIFA 21 Demo Cancelled: No demo will be released this year EA confirm
EA have confirmed that there will be no FIFA 21 Demo released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or PC ahead of the game's full release date in October.
» Carragher identifies Guardiola's unknown territory in bid to catch Liverpool
Manchester City lost out to Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title last season and Pep Guardiola will be hoping to bounce back now the new campaign is underway
» Liverpool 'in regular contact with Mbappe' over potential transfer next summer
Mbappe has previously hinted at a "new project" elsewhere and could well be on the move in 2021 as his contract at PSG ticks down towards its final year with Real Madrid also keeping tabs
» Neville identifies how Arteta is finally proving Arsenal critics wrong
Arsenal have performed brilliantly since the appointment of Mikel Arteta after winning two trophies in the form of the FA Cup and the Community Shield after victories over Chelsea and Liverpool
» Man Utd suffer fresh Sancho setback as Dortmund claim 'certain responsibility'
Manchester United had made Jadon Sancho their top transfer target this summer after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made him a priority but Borussia Dortmund have been tricky negotiators
» Fernando Torres names six Liverpool players in combined XI with ex-Chelsea stars
Torres spent four years with each club and played with a wealth of top class superstars but left out some big names in his personal lineup of former teammates
» Liverpool star Van Dijk slammed 'lazy and nonchalant' in unwarranted attack
Virgil van Dijk has been influential in Liverpool's recent success, helping them win the Champions League and the Premier League, but ex-Netherlands ace Wim Kieft has slammed him
» Emotional Gareth Bale decision shows gulf between Tottenham and Liverpool
Bale has completed his emotional return to Spurs but is a different player from the one who left seven years ago and it may not prove to be the perfect reunion
» Eddie Nketiah explains how "outstanding" Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspires him
The Arsenal forward scored his first goal of the season in the 2-1 win against West Ham on Saturday and has paid tribute to his mentor Aubameyang
» Cristiano Ronaldo handed touching tribute by boyhood club Sporting Lisbon
Ronaldo started his career at Sporting, joining them at the age of 12 before sealing a transfer to Man Utd six years later where he set off on his journey to becoming a global icon
» Andrea Pirlo announces Juventus' plan for Cristiano Ronaldo this season
Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as his Juventus side began their quest for a 10th successive Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday
» Sergio Aguero teases early injury return as striker steps up Man City training
The Argentina international was expected to be out for another two months with a knee injury, but looked as sharp as ever in footage shared on social media on Monday
» Evra lays into Man Utd stars "too scared to speak up" and slams Ed Woodward
The former Red Devils full-back is clearly far from impressed with his ex-team's performances both on and off the pitch
» How full-strength Chelsea will line up with Kai Havertz in preferred role
Kai Havertz has struggled in his first two games at Chelsea but could be put back into his more natural No.10 position when Frank Lampard has a fully fit squad available
» Liverpool stance on Rhian Brewster transfer amid 'fabricated' Palace offer
Crystal Palace are unhappy at reports that a big-money offer for the young striker has been lodged, at a time where Diogo Jota's arrival has pushed Brewster further down the Anfield pecking order
» Luis Suarez handed Barcelona release as he 'agrees' Atletico Madrid transfer
The Uruguayan forward has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp for the last few months and appears set to depart imminently

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» Edwin van der Sar: 'I want every fan to have a second love for Ajax'

The Dutch club’s chief understands their place in the football hierarchy but wants to keep their unique place on the global stage

Edwin van der Sar can still picture the bemusement on the faces of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, his Manchester United teammates at the time and resolute one-club men. The Dutch goalkeeper, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2005 via Ajax, Juventus and Fulham, had wanted to know whether either fancied playing abroad. They could learn a new language, Van der Sar suggested, experience different cultures and climates, maybe even earn more money.

The short answer was no. Why would they do that? They were at a big club – their club in their city – with family and friends close by, winning big trophies and being paid big money. They had it all. “OK, the weather in Manchester,” Van der Sar says, with a smile. “But Paul said: ‘I don’t like the sun.’ I think David [Beckham] is one of the few [English players] that left United but he came from London.”

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» Gabriel Jesus ensures Manchester City start with a win despite Wolves rally

On a gripping night at Molineux Manchester City were, by turns, brilliant and brittle. Undercooked and depleted by injury, City were still good enough to come away with a 3-1 win against powerful opponents in their first game of the season, prompted by another masterclass from Kevin De Bruyne.

It might have been different. How Nuno Espírito Santo will wish his Wolves team had started with the level of aggression they showed in the second half. Or indeed that Adama Traoré had been instructed to abandon a diffident turn as a deep defensive wing-back and attack City’s obvious tender spot on the left flank

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» Villa's Ezri Konsa grabs win after 10-man Sheffield United pay the penalty

Last time it was a glitch in goalline technology that vexed Sheffield United at Villa Park, this time Chris Wilder’s men were frustrated by an early red card for John Egan and a moment of class from the home team’s new goalkeeper. Emiliano Martínez marked his first appearance for Aston Villa since a £20m move from Arsenal by saving John Lundstram’s first-half penalty. Ezri Konsa crowned an ideal start to the season for the home side by heading the winning goal in the second half.

“It feels great, it was like scoring a hat-trick for me,” said Martínez. “Saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet for me is the best game.”

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» Majority of Leyton Orient squad test positive for Covid-19 before Spurs tie
  • Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match expected to be cancelled
  • Mansfield, Orient’s opponents last Saturday, plan complaint

The majority of Leyton Orient’s first team squad have tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the expectation that their Carabao Cup game at home to Tottenham on Tuesday will be called off, with a decision set for the morning, and serious questions being asked about the biosecurity of League Two.

The testing of players is not mandatory in the English Football League – as it is in the Premier League – with the authorities content to insist on stringent hygiene measures and work-place social distancing. They say that the evidence shows there is a minimal risk of transition of the virus via training and playing outdoors.

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» 'Little more than good PR': why QPR have stopped taking a knee
  • ‘It is now not dissimilar to a fancy hashtag,’ says Les Ferdinand
  • Micah Richards: ‘People say I’m only on air because of BLM’

Les Ferdinand has defended Queens Park Rangers’ decision not to take the knee before their Championship fixture against Coventry on Friday, saying the gesture has become “little more than good PR”.

Ferdinand, the only Black director of football in the senior English game, spoke out against a slew of media coverage that had criticised QPR for not taking the knee. He said media organisations should “be looking more inwardly” at the inequalities in their own industries, than criticising the club for an action approved within EFL guidelines.

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» Arsenal sign Iceland goalkeeper Alex Rúnarsson from Dijon
  • Club spends £1.8m on goalkeeper with five Iceland caps
  • Backup for Bernd Leno given four-year contract

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of the Iceland goalkeeper Alex Rúnarsson on a four-year contract from the Ligue 1 club Dijon.

Rúnarsson arrives as Mikel Arteta reshapes his goalkeeping department following the departure of Emiliano Martínez to Aston Villa last week. Arsenal are believed to have paid Dijon around £1.8m and the 25-year-old will, for now at least, be Bernd Leno’s backup. He could make his debut at Leicester in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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» Leaks show Chelsea owner Abramovich funded Israeli settler group

Russian oligarch’s firms donated £74m to Elad, who are accused of trying to seize Palestinian neighbourhoods

Companies controlled by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich donated tens of millions of pounds to a highly controversial Israeli settler group accused of displacing Palestinian families from Jerusalem, according to leaked documents seen by BBC News Arabic.

The billionaire Russian oligarch, who was granted Israeli citizenship in 2018, has been an avid philanthropist in Israel, donating huge sums to research and development projects and investing in local firms.

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» Alex Telles hopes to seal Manchester United move from Porto this week
  • Talks for Brazilian left-back are advanced but fee not settled
  • Telles’s time at Porto suggests he will score and set up goals

Alex Telles is hopeful of sealing a move to Manchester United from Porto this week and becoming Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s second signing of the window. Negotiations for the 27-year-old Brazil left-back, who has a release clause of €40m (£36.7m), are advanced.

Related: VAR is getting it right despite football's wider mood of suspicion and distrust | Sean Ingle

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» David Silva leads La Liga's golden oldies as Real Madrid turn to youth | Sid Lowe

After 10 years away, a cameo in a goalless draw with Real Madrid saw one of Spain’s greats return in a Real Sociedad shirt

Dry your eyes, mate. “We cried over his departure,” Miguel-Ángel Moyá said, but the tears didn’t last long. On the final day of last season, Martin Odegaard told his Real Sociedad teammates he was staying for another season, only for Real Madrid to decide differently, changing everything. Twenty days later, recently knocked out of the Champions League, the La Liga winners announced they were bringing him home, four and a half years after he had joined, three since he had set off on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad, and one ahead of schedule.

In San Sebastián, where he had been the country’s outstanding midfielder until lockdown, initially signed for two seasons, it hurt. “When they announced he was leaving, it left us reeling,” admitted the winger Portu.

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» Goals galore in the Premier League – Football Weekly

Max Rushden and co discuss a goal-rich weekend, how to interview Samuel Eto’o, the variable quality of footballs, and how Max would fare up front for Manchester City

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Max Rushden is joined by Lars Sivertsen, Marcus Bean and Jonathan Wilson to discuss a goal-rich Premier League weekend, how to interview Samuel Eto’o, the variable quality of footballs and how Max would fare up front for Manchester City.

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» Il Maestro: Andrea Pirlo delivers first lesson of thesis at Juventus | Nicky Bandini

The serial champions’ new manager brought instant improvement in their win over Sampdoria with a flush of youth

It did not take Andrea Pirlo long to get back in character as Il Maestro. On Monday he had been a student, successfully defending his thesis to complete his Uefa Pro Licence course at the Manager’s School in Coverciano. On Sunday, he was a teacher, helping the new kids at Juventus to integrate with their returning classmates whilst ensuring the highest standards were maintained.

Or perhaps that is selling him short. Pirlo did not just keep Juventus ticking along in his first game in charge, but guided them to a commanding victory of the sort that had been rare in recent times.

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» Men's transfer window summer 2020 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues

All the summer’s Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A deals and club-by-club guides

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» Gareth Bale's love for Spurs could speed return from injury, claims Mourinho
  • Forward sustained knee injury on international duty
  • Spurs anticipate Bale being match fit next month

José Mourinho has suggested Gareth Bale’s desire to return to Tottenham could accelerate his highly anticipated Premier League comeback, as the forward recovers from a knee injury sustained on international duty.

Related: Leyton Orient players test positive with Covid-19 to put Spurs cup tie in doubt

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» The Fiver | Chances are, you’re choking up while reading this, and rightly so

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Humanity has long since established that there is nothing quite like the English Premier League, which is different from every other league that is almost identical to it by virtue of pronouncing itself as such more loudly than them, more often than them. It has more tradition than Tevye, more thrills than Thriller and more mythology than mythology itself – chances are, you’re choking up while reading this, and rightly so.

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» 'I've come back smiling': Chelsea's Fran Kirby delights Phil Neville on return
  • England manager praises forward’s ‘incredible’ comeback
  • Kirby the star of inter-squad match at training camp

Phil Neville has praised Fran Kirby’s quick return to the England fold as an “incredible achievement” after the Chelsea forward was sidelined for close to a year.

Stepping on to the training pitch at England’s training base at St George’s Park on Friday evening, Kirby stole the show in an intra-squad friendly, having made a successful return from debilitating pericarditis, a swelling of the fluid-filled sac around her heart.

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» Harry Kane tees up Son's four-goal show as Spurs hammer Southampton

After a topsy-turvy opening, this game soon developed a familiar theme, with Harry Kane supplying a supercharged Son Heung-min to score on four occasions and earn Tottenham a resounding victory. It is the first time one player has assisted another four times in a Premier League match but Kane eventually got in on the act to score Spurs’ fifth after preying on a rebound.

When Spurs seamlessly click in the final third as they did here, the thought of adding the returning Gareth Bale into the attacking cocktail is a mouth-watering proposition.

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» Leicester maintain 100% record by exposing Burnley's limitations

Leicester continued their bright start to the season by ruthlessly exposing the limitations with which Sean Dyche must cope at Burnley. Although Chris Wood opened the scoring, Brendan Rodgers’ side stormed back and won thanks to class that Burnley just do not have, plus a little luck, of which Burnley are also short.

Harvey Barnes, James Justin and Dennis Praet found the net while Erik Pieters turned a cross from Timothy Castagne into his own goal, making Jimmy Dunne’s late effort merely a nice memento for a Burnley debutant. Rodgers, meanwhile, could take satisfaction from the fact that his team struck four times even without Jamie Vardy getting on the scoresheet, as part of the manager’s mission is to keep diversifying his team’s attacking. Here the full-backs added a potent dimension, and the gifted Barnes looked closer to clinical. “If he can add more numbers [goals and assists] to the quality of his game then he is going to be a superstar,” said Rodgers.

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» Kepa Arrizabalaga's confidence is shot and the way Chelsea play doesn't help him | Jonathan Wilson

Spaniard’s display against Liverpool sums up his struggles but there is a pattern of keepers saving fewer goals under Lampard

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s time as the Chelsea goalkeeper, you suspect, will be remembered for two incidents. First there’s him on the Wembley turf, defying Maurizio Sarri and refusing to be substituted before the penalty shootout in the Carabao Cup final last year. And then there’s him on Sunday, playing the ball straight to Sadio Mané to concede a second against Liverpool.

Two moments 19 months apart in which the world’s most expensive goalkeeper went from self-belief that only he could get the job done to swigging awkwardly at his water bottle, apparently desperate to be anywhere but in his six-yard box having confirmed Chelsea’s defeat.

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» Bayern Munich blow Schalke away with sensational silent symphony | Andy Brassell

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and Leroy Sané dazzled on debut in an 8-0 win for the champions on gala night

Friday night. Opening night. Gala night for the champions. Yet if it was so familiar for Bayern Munich, it was alien too. The Rekordmeister has been here so many times that you could forgive it being cruised through on autopilot, as the board did when they and their guests from Gelsenkirchen sat in the directors box without social distancing or masks, earning the club a ticking off from Bavaria’s minister of health, Melanie Huml.

Despite all the regular tells – not least a pair of effervescent wingers wearing the numbers 7 and 10 who tore poor Schalke to bits, more of whom later – there were more unfamiliar, unexpected moments, in line with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge showing contrition to Huml.

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» Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Chelsea’s youngsters are back on the sidelines, former Blues defender Tariq Lamptey shines in win and Eddie Nketiah has his eye on goals

Much of the praise heaped on Frank Lampard about this time last year focused on his apparent eagerness to find a place in the first-team setup for the academy graduates that had been rendered collateral damage by the money and splendour of the Abramovich era. But against Liverpool, the spearhead of last season’s locally sourced side, Tammy Abraham, was consigned to the bench by the £47m Timo Werner and the £72m Kai Havertz was picked ahead of Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose mettle will be further tested when Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are fit. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was not in the squad at all. Fikayo Tomori’s emergency introduction was the first time he had kicked a ball since February. And Mason Mount is playing in the position preferred by Havertz. Suddenly Lampard’s new-look Chelsea begin to resemble the old one: expensive signings, a squad overflowing with pedigree – and a manager who needs to get results in the here and now. Alex Hess
Match report: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

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» Michel Der Zakarian and Téji Savanier are making Montpellier marvellous

Der Zakarian has always produced solid if unspectacular teams, but he has something special brewing this season

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

After 37 years of marriage, Véronique Der Zakarian and her husband Michel do not always agree. “If you want it to last, concessions must be made on both sides,” said Montpellier coach Michel in a joint interview with his wife in L’Équipe last month. Having followed her husband’s managerial career from Nantes to Clermont, back to Nantes, to Reims and now to Montpellier, Véronique scoffed – much as fans of those clubs might. Der Zakarian’s effective but defensive sides have often made obvious sacrifices in the way they play. Now though, with Montpellier, Der Zakarian is finally following his own advice to glorious effect.

Der Zakarian was born in Armenia but spent his entire playing career in France with Montpellier and Nantes, where he won the league in 1983. After working as an assistant manager at Nantes, he was given the top job in 2007 and guided the club back to Ligue 1. He was soon replaced once the club reached the top flight, however, and had to continue his managerial career at Clermont. When Nantes fell back into Ligue 2, they asked Der Zakarian to take charge again.

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» VAR is getting it right despite football's wider mood of suspicion and distrust | Sean Ingle

New studies have revealed that the accuracy of ‘match-changing decisions’ has increased significantly with VAR and it has had hardly any effect on the way games are played

In the pained aftermath of Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, Patrice Evra issued a stark warning on Sky Sports. The use of video assistant referees is “killing the game”, he fumed, before suggesting that, if he was still playing, he would have run over and smashed the official’s pitchside monitor.

That, incredibly, was only the second most eye-popping utterance from a pundit on Saturday. The former 606 host Danny Baker used Twitter to first slam the “anonymous gargoyles who made these ‘new rules’” before making the astonishing assertion that “this era of football is out of control. It will be looked at with as much validity as the wartime matches were.”

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» Manchester United need time more than money or Jadon Sancho | Jonathan Liew

Old Trafford could do with a new face or two, but the need is no more pressing because of their opening defeat by Crystal Palace

Last weekend, a small but significant part of Manchester United’s online fanbase got themselves extremely excited by a new Instagram Story posted by their on-off transfer target, the Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Over recent years, the increasingly feverish fetishisation of transfer gossip has been mirrored in the growth of an army of amateur online detectives who scour the social media posts of footballers – and often their partners and families – for even the vaguest hint they may be on the move. Planes are tracked across the North Sea. Isn’t that row of elms the same as the one outside Arsenal’s training ground? If I’m not mistaken, that broken grit box is from the A560, which is how you’d get from Manchester airport to Carrington if the M56 is gridlocked. And so on.

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» Parrot lands on head of Brazilian footballer during practice match – video

A Brazilian women's national team practice match was halted after a parrot landed on the head of one of the players. Defender Bruna Benties had a macaw standing on her head before an assistant coach was brought in to try and get the bird off her head with a football

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» 'Do they bite?': alpaca invades pitch at non-league football match – video

An alpaca brought a non-league football match between Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town to a standstill after it ran across the pitch causing a 20-minute delay

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» 'Clear mistake': Kepa error cost Chelsea says Lampard after defeat to Liverpool – video

Liverpool's 100% start to the Premier League campaign continued with a statement of intent after a 2-0 victory over Chelsea. The Blues found themselves down to 10 men after Andreas Christensen's last-man challenge flattened Sadio Mané. Into the second half Liverpool began to take advantage before a lovely one-touch spell saw the Mané head home. Later in the half, a familiar story for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, after a poor pass out from the back was captialised by Liverpool's Senegalese talisman who tapped home from close range

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» 'Absolute humiliation': Southampton suffer 5-2 defeat to Mourinho's Tottenham – video

What a difference a week makes after José Mourinho blasted his side's poor performance after an opening day defeat to Everton. 

A rampant Tottenham Hotspur put five past Southampton, Heung-Min Son scoring four of the goals. The game ended 5-2 to Spurs who've had a busy week with the new additions of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilón. 

A superb performance by Harry Kane saw him assist four of the five goals before poking one home just before time

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» Gareth Bale: Spurs re-sign winger on loan from Real Madrid – video report

Seven years after leaving for a world-record fee to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is back at Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to reignite his career.

Tottenham confirmed the season-long loan signing of Bale on Saturday in one of the most high-profile moves of the transfer window, minutes after announcing left-back Sergio Reguilon is also joining from the Spanish champions.

'It's such a special club to me,' the 31-year-old Bale said of Spurs, 'it's where I made my name.'

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» 'An absolutely exceptional player': Thiago signs for Liverpool – video report

Liverpool have signed Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich, bringing in one of the world's most technically gifted players to add another dimension to their midfield.

The 29-year-old ended his seven-year spell at Bayern, where he won seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in August. 'He is – and nobody would see it in a different way – an absolutely exceptional player,' said Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. 

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» Roma’s Marash Kumbulla: ‘I liked to watch Smalling. I tried to learn from him’

Albania centre-back earned a move to the capital after a spell at Verona, who Roma face as Serie A resumes this weekend

Many fear defending is a dying art, a vocation few want to accept any more. Even in Italy, the home of catenaccio, only a small number of players have emerged in recent years willing to spend 90 minutes suffocating opposition attacks.

Marash Kumbulla, however, spent his first season in Serie A with Verona showing the art form isn’t dead. The 20-year-old became one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe this summer, with Internazionale, Lazio and Tottenham keen on acquiring him before Roma who won the race to sign a player who could be at the heart of their defence for more than a decade.

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» Barcelona members succeed in setting up vote on president Bartomeu's future
  • More than 20,000 supporters sign a censorship motion
  • No confidence vote will be held by early November

The Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, may be obliged to resign after club members succeeded in a bid to force a referendum. More than 20,000 supporters signed up to support a censorship motion against the beleaguered president who has overseen an ongoing crisis during which the club captain, Lionel Messi, announced he wanted to leave.

A vote on Bartomeu’s future will now be held by the start of November. If he loses, he and his board would be forced to step down with immediate effect and call early elections.

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» German football team socially distance from opponents, lose 37-0
  • Just seven players fielded due to coronavirus concern
  • SG Ripdorf/Molzen II players watch from safe distance

German amateur side SG Ripdorf/Molzen II sacrificed a tight defence for social distancing as they fielded only seven players as a coronavirus precaution in a 37-0 loss to local rivals SV Holdenstedt II.

The preparations for Sunday’s match in Lower Saxony’s 3 Kreisklasse – the 11th tier of German football – were complicated when it emerged that Holdenstedt players had been in contact with an opponent infected with Covid-19 in a previous match.

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» Serie A kicks off with all eyes on Juve's remarkable Andrea Pirlo gamble | Nicky Bandini

Will the rookie manager steer Juventus to a 10th straight title or could Inter, or Lazio or Atalanta, finally topple them?

Millions of Italian children went back to school on Monday. So did the manager of Juventus. Andrea Pirlo was completing the final stage of his Uefa Pro licence course, defending a thesis he had submitted two weeks earlier under the title “My Football”.

His writings will soon be made available, joining those of every other coach who has passed through Italy’s famous Scuola Allenatori (Managers’ School), in the library of the technical centre in Coverciano. Most of us, though, will get our first real insight into Pirlo’s vision for how the game should be played when Juventus host Sampdoria in their Serie A opener on Sunday.

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» Englishmen, crowds and a 'greedy piranha': welcome back Bundesliga | Andy Brassell

Bayern and Dortmund loom large over the rest as Leipzig and Leverkusen adjust after high-profile departures

There are many knock-on effects of such a short pause between seasons and even though the Bundesliga enjoyed a more civilised rest period than many – two-and-a-half months without league action almost seems like a luxury in these frantic times – it hardly feels as if German football has been away. When Bayern Munich raise the curtain, as is tradition for the champions, on 2020-21 on Friday night against Schalke, it will have been 26 days after they celebrated being the champions of Europe for the sixth time late into the Lisbon night.

Bayern’s majesty is fresh in the memory and their shadow looms over the Bundesliga longer and larger than ever before. If the results were dizzying, with the treble secured with 29 wins and a draw in the last 30 matches of the season, then their style was even more so. Hansi Flick’s enormous impact produced Bayern’s best football post-Guardiola with a group of players largely of an age to grow together and create a dynasty.

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» Cádiz are finally back, but not in the way that they dreamed of | Sid Lowe

After 15 years away, ‘the game Michael Robinson dreamed of’ wasn’t. And nor did it turn out the way Cádiz hoped

“To return is to win” runs the slogan on the tape across the top of the stairs at the Ramón de Carranza stadium in Cádiz, another line that can’t be crossed. At the bottom, the gates are locked, but outside a stall still sells scarves and hats in bright yellow, and two Osasuna supporters sit at a table in front of Bar Gol where footballs hang from the ceiling and photos cover the walls – icons of the club they have come to visit. Juan José Jiménez with his beard and magnificent mane, named Sandokan after the pirate. David Vidal, the loveable character they would invent if he didn’t exist. Mágico González, who Vidal proclaimed “technically better than Maradona”: as much myth as man now, the most cult of heroes. And the fans: a riot of colour and noise.

Well, normally. A few metres away, some have gathered on a warm Saturday evening, the beginning of a night they waited so long for, or never saw. A dad and his little boy, a mum and her littler girl, a podgy kid wearing a faded Cádiz T-shirt with Ché Guevara on the front and waving a flag bigger than he is. Teenagers with tops listing fans’ names like tour dates. “Cádiz are a first division team,” they say, which they are now 15 years later. A man holds a cuddly toy in a curly blue wig and a face mask. He is in his promotion T-shirt from the last time Cádiz came back and the flag he unfolds is 40 years old.

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» 'A terrible position': A-League clubs and players reach impasse over pay deal | Simon Hill

After players rejected a new CBA offer talks are in deadlock and the impact on the game in Australia could be severe

To say A-League players did it tough to get the domestic season completed is akin to saying Harry Kewell had the merest hint of talent. The Wellington Phoenix squad have only this week emerged to see if their families still recognise them, after entering a hub in Australia over 80 days ago. The players from the three Victorian clubs meantime, probably still wake up in cold sweats over their abortive attempts to cross the New South Wales border.

The players also took a big hit financially. A short-term collective bargaining agreement was struck, after some intense negotiating, that saw some take salary cuts of up to 80%. Yet just a fortnight after Rhyan Grant thrust his chest out, sprinter-style, to get Sydney FC over the line for a fifth title, the A-League’s 300-odd professionals are again back at the starting blocks.

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» Marseille beat PSG in a battle and show they are Ligue 1 title contenders

The game will be remembered for its splenetic finish but it was also the night Marseille planted a flag in the title race

By Eric Devin and Adam White for Get French Football News

“Imbeciles.” “Red with Shame.” “OM breaks Paris.” The headlines in France after Le Classique could not have been more damning. The match, always a showpiece for French football, was settled by Florian Thauvin’s goal in the first half. The narrative of PSG coasting to another title has been changed. However, the focus at the end of play was on the five red cards shown by the referee in injury time – two to Marseille and three to the hosts – and Neymar’s accusation of racism against Marseille defender Álvaro González.

That such a big match should end in ignominy will be a real source of disappointment for the league. Aside from a dull goalless draw between Lyon and Bordeaux on Friday, the weekend’s action had been exciting, with plenty of goals, including a spectacular finish from Irvin Cardona in Brest’s 2-0 win at Dijon. However, there was never any doubt that the big story of the weekend for the world at large would come from the Parc des Princes. It was certainly a spectacle, although not always for the way in which the two teams played.

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» Australia's foreign legion begin to prove their worth in WSL | Samantha Lewis

Fortunes were mixed but for the most part the sizeable group of Matildas joining Sam Kerr in England did not look out of place

Last week, when asked about Sam Kerr’s performance during Chelsea’s Community Shield win over Manchester City, head coach Emma Hayes responded in a way that was at odds with the melodramatic “Wembley nightmare” headlines written in the game’s wake.

“She caused problems and created chances,” Hayes said. “If you’ve got a striker who’s not creating chances, that’s a concern. Sam has been outstanding in pre-season and I expect that she’ll be on the training pitch tomorrow, working on her finishing.”

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» Masterstroke or mistake? Who cares, Bale's return to Spurs is intoxicating | Barney Ronay

The man in the YouTube reels may be seven years older but this is the kind of modern football moment too good not to enjoy

As a long-term observer it is always tempting to look out for moments that capture the essence of modern football, those single images that really get its basic weirdness. A personal favourite is the terrifying cube of death built by Qatar 2022 on the banks of the Moskva river at the last World Cup, a beautiful glass and steel exhibition centre intended to generate a thrill of carefree excitement about the next global festival of football, but one that resembled simultaneously a giant haunted cancerous polyp overseen by alien lizard secret service personnel.

There are plenty more everyday candidates. Gianni Infantino stepping on to a Gazprom private jet. Neymar running away from his teammates celebrating a goal by Neymar in an empty stadium where, just for a moment, the only audible sound is Neymar celebrating a goal by Neymar.

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» Macclesfield Town's demise was signposted but that doesn't make it less painful | John Brewin

After 146 years a winding-up order means oblivion beckons for club that defied odds but was often a misstep from the brink

The announcement was shocking but registered as no surprise. Like the £500,000-plus the club owed its creditors, Macclesfield Town had been on borrowed time. After a long series of court dates and adjournments, Judge Sebastian Prentis, via a virtual hearing, wound up the club on Wednesday in a specialist insolvency and companies court.

It will be the fans who suffer. A Macclesfield Town supporter does not dream of the Champions League or signing Gareth Bale on loan but it is the shared camaraderie of icy afternoons on the Star Lane End or a 500-mile round trip by coach to Torquay that will be lost. And in their own way, Silkmen fans followed a club with much to be proud of, as a powerhouse of the non-league scene in the late-1980s, a Football League club against the odds after that and somewhere that gave three Black managers in Sol Campbell, Paul Ince and Keith Alexander opportunities.

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» Big names are great, but the WSL must not become a holiday league | Eni Aluko

The arrival of a host of stars is great for women’s football but contracts which last only a few months can also be disruptive

Two games into the Women’s Super League season and we’re starting to see some patterns emerging, with high-quality teams across the division but a few that look a cut above. The standard of overseas players coming into the league this summer demonstrates the way it’s seen now around the world, and will increase the quality still further, though I do have reservations about some of the signings.

I know of at least five clubs who have brought in players on short-term deals. For example Alex Morgan, the USA player and World Cup winner who has joined Tottenham, is a fantastic addition to English football but has joined initially for only four months. The season lasts the best part of a year, and includes the FA Cup and Continental Cup, and personally I’m not a big fan of this kind of arrangement.

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» Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sell Lacazette, Rüdiger out at Chelsea?

This talk’s paddles cut the water in a long and hurried flight

In typical José Mourinho style, José Mourinho has again made fools of all those who said he was predictable parody of himself. When he arrived at Spurs, it appeared clear the player he planned to needlessly persecute was Tanguy Ndombele but it’s since turned out that the wily, crafty, sly old fox was misdirecting all along – the real receptacle for his angst is was Dele Alli all along.

Related: Dele Alli's Tottenham future in doubt after PSG are offered midfielder

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» The Fiver | Chelsea v Liverpool: when binary figures were seared into your retinas

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Remember the mid-2000s? If you do, you weren’t there. Or maybe you just have a series of binary figures seared into your retinas: 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0. That would mean you watched the rump of the Chelsea v Liverpool slugfests that pockmarked the era. For a five-year period from 2004 no competition was safe: they faced each other 24 times and, ghost goals or not, a fair wedge of them were bona fide stinkers and could even be found dangling from a stick. Which means a meeting between these two still brings back the shivers: gut-wrenching, “tactically fascinating” heave-hoes at a time when English clubs could have written the book on grinding big games out. So what’s this on Sunday afternoon? Hmm, Sassuolo v Cagliari is on the other side and less likely to give us disconcerting flashbacks.

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» Sports quiz of the week: Gareth Bale, a glut of goals and a globetrotter

Who kept losing? Who keeps winning? Who keeps moving?

Gareth Bale is set to sign for Tottenham at the age of 31. He did not have such a great start to his Spurs career as a 17-year-old. In his first spell at the club, how many games did Bale play for Spurs before he won one?





Lewis Hamilton won the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday and is now just one victory shy of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record in Formula One. How many races did Schumacher win in the sport?





Thiago Alcântara is joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich. He is moving to England from Germany, having been born in Italy and raised in Spain. For which country did his father win the World Cup?





Umut Uysal won a 100m race at the Balkan U20s Championship this week, beating six other sprinters and overcoming which other obstacle?

He had to run in a mask, gloves and a visor as he had a high temperature

He had to run over a stray cat at the finish line

He had to walk 10 miles to the venue as there was no public transport in the area

He is only 13 years old – seven years younger than the other athletes in the race

Bayern Munich begin their defence of the Bundesliga this weekend against Schalke. Who were the last club other than Bayern to win the league?


Bayer Leverkusen

VfL Wolfsburg

Borussia Dortmund

Serie A also returns this weekend, with Andrea Pirlo hoping to lead Juventus to a 10th straight league title. Who were the last club other than Juve to win the league?





The US Open is being played at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York this weekend. The course is seriously tough. When Hale Irwin won the US Open at the course in 1974, what did he shoot?

One over par

Three over par

Seven over par

Eleven over par

The German amateur football team SG Ripdorf were beaten 37-0 by their local rivals Holdenstedt this week. How did they explain the scoreline after the match?

They said they only played the game to bed in their new goalkeeper

They said they were socially distancing on the pitch

They said the defeat was a plea to their owners to spend some money on new players

They said they could not adjust to the tightness and colour of their new kit

Dominic Thiem won the US Open on Sunday. Which of these statements about his victory is true?

It was his first grand slam title

He became the first player to win a US Open title after being two sets down in the final

He became the first man born in the 1990s to win a grand slam singles title

All of the above

Mo Salah hit a hat-trick in Liverpool’s opening game of the season. Who was the last Liverpool player to do that?

Fernando Torres in 2008

Michael Owen in 1998

John Aldridge in 1988

Kenny Dalglish in 1978

1 and above.

Not ideal

2 and above.

Not ideal

3 and above.

Not bad

4 and above.

Not bad

5 and above.

Nice work

6 and above.

Great work

7 and above.


8 and above.


9 and above.


0 and above.

Not ideal

10 and above.


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» Football transfer rumours: Liverpool lead chase for Ismaïla Sarr?

Today’s tell-all is looking for the final piece of the jigsaw

Liverpool have come late to the gossip-peddlar’s party this year but, having snared Thiago Alcântara for £27m on Thursday, Jürgen Klopp has rediscovered his love of retail therapy, and is thinking of boosting his not inconsiderable attacking resources with Watford’s Ismaïla Sarr. He won’t come cheap though, with the newly relegated Championship club slapping a £36m price tag on the Senegalese winger. Liverpool may also face competition for Sarr from their old pals Manchester United too.

The world and his spouse have been linked with Old Trafford of late, mind, and another reported United target is 2014’s Sami Khedira. The Sun reports that the Germany midfielder, not thought to be in suave new boss Andrea Pirlo’s plans, is set to have his contract terminated early by Juventus and United head up the list of suitors. You’ll want a list of other names currently linked with United won’t you? OK, pick one or more from Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa.

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» The Fiver | A passion that drives Gareth Bale like a sweetly struck Titleist Pro

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If Gareth Bale had his way, he would have been firmly embedded at Jiangsu Suning by now, perhaps mastering Nankinese, exploring museums with wondrous collections of Ming and Qing imperial porcelain and straining every well-preserved sinew to get on the end of passes from Wu Xi, Yang Boyu and the rest of the lads. But nasty Real Madrid thwarted that dream more than a year ago and now Bale is on the hunt for a new gig. It’s a passion that drives him like a sweetly struck T!tleist Pro.

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» David Squires on … the Premier League returning with 2020 vision

Our cartoonist looks back at the opening weekend, including a thriller at Anfield and a troubling lack of Arsenal bantz

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» Which managers have had the longest breaks between spells at a club? | The Knowledge

Plus: multiple same-name scoring teammates, refs riding roughshod over rules, and an umbrella-holding goalscorer

“Eddie Niedzwiecki took temporary charge of Reading following the departure of Mark Bowen. Eddie was previously Reading’s caretaker manager way back in 1991. This means he went 29 years between matches as our manager. Is this a record?” asks Tom Brailli.

If we bend the rules a bit, it’s not. Here’s Chris Page: “I can beat that … sort of. But we’d have to count a spell as assistant manager. Former manager of Real Madrid and Brazil’s national team, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, has taken charge of just about every major team in Brazil over the last 40 years. One of his earliest roles was assistant manager of Vasco da Gama until he departed in 1982 before returning as full-time manager last year. That’s a whole 37 years between spells.

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» Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action | Rachel Brown-Finnis

The WSL is now the strongest league in the world, Chelsea are targeting Champions League and putting scorelines in context

The WSL has welcomed a dizzying array of talent in recent weeks, with Spurs’ addition of Alex Morgan the icing on the cake. I want to emphasise just how much it means to women’s football in England for players like Morgan, Tobin Heath, Christen Press, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis to have come over from the US. These women are superstars there, inside and outside the sport. That is partly because their brilliant national team gets such huge coverage, but mainly because they are such outstanding talents. The list of names is one I could never have imagined playing here, and when you add Pernille Harder then things look even better. She chose Chelsea when she could have gone anywhere, and it shows how top footballers view the WSL. It is now the best league in the world

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» Why I can't wait to see Gareth Bale in a Tottenham shirt again | Max Rushden

Spurs fans need the homecoming nostalgia of someone they saw turn from a boy into a joy of a footballer

Gareth Bale’s final – well hopefully not final – goal for Tottenham was in the last minute of the last game of the season. Sunderland at White Hart Lane, 19 May 2013. He picked the ball up on the right, cut inside like Arjen Robben and bent the ball into the top left corner from 25 yards past Simon Mignolet. It feels like Bale scored that goal a hundred times that season.

As soon as the ball hit the net, Emmanuel Adebayor ran to ask the crowd whether it was enough to get Spurs into the Champions League. It wasn’t. Beaten into fifth place by virtue of Arsenal’s win at Newcastle. André Villas-Boas insisted he could keep Bale at the club. He couldn’t.

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» Intensity, pace and a sweet left foot: Arsenal's Gabriel has the full package | Nick Ames

The Brazilian has made rapid strides in recent seasons and should add a presence his new club’s backline has sorely missed

Shortly after Gabriel Magalhães played his first and, as it turned out, only game for Dinamo Zagreb’s senior team he was called into the manager’s office. Nikola Jurcevic had seen enough during a Croatian top-flight game against Rijeka in April 2018 to know that, perhaps ambitiously given the club’s managerial churn, he needed to nail down a long-term plan for the centre-back.

Related: Emiliano Martínez joins Aston Villa from Arsenal in £20m deal

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» Gareth Bale's Madrid exit is marked by bitterness, resentment and relief | Sid Lowe

The Welshman is set to join Tottenham on loan after seven years at Real Madrid, but instead of sadness there is only relief

The saddest thing about Gareth Bale’s departure from Real Madrid is that no one is really sad at all. Instead, there is anger and disappointment but mostly a kind of weary relief, a release. He’s gone? Good, we can all get on with our lives. And no one more so than him: maybe the Welshman can play a bit of football again, and maybe he’ll be brilliant too, just not at the Bernabéu where it has been effectively over for some time. Now at least, now at last, it is actually over – four European Cups, two league titles and more than a hundred goals later.

Which, when you put it like that ...

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» Neville Southall: 'You don’t expect loose cannons to take over your own country'

Former Everton keeper takes aim at Boris Johnson and JK Rowling and reveals how helping marginalised groups leaves little time to himself

“I want Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Tommy Robinson, Donald Trump and the geezer from North Korea to be put on a boat that gets sent around the world for the next 25 years,” Neville Southall says as he sinks back into his chair. “That would do me,” he adds, with an endearingly sombre gaze after I’ve asked him how he would like to change the world for the better after a terrible year. It’s dark outside and Southall, the former Everton and Wales goalkeeper who is now one of the most outspoken supporters of people marginalised by mainstream society, briefly looks weary.

Southall has not stopped talking passionately for 70 minutes but he has had a long day. He left home at 5.45am so he could get to work early and, after a taxing day at his special‑needs school in Swansea, he still has to join an online LGBQT+ panel once we complete our interview. But Southall soon rolls on.

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» Next Generation 2019: 60 of the best young talents in world football

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s son, the new Paul Pogba and Barça’s Ansu Fati are among our 60 most talented players in the world born in 2002. Check the progress of our 2018 picks | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Photographs by DZfoot, BackpagePix, Club Atlético Belgrano, EFE, EPA, Getty Images, Uwe Gruen/Hoffenheim, AMA/Getty Images, Rex/Shutterstock, Zuma Press/PA, FIFA, Tigres, Damir Krajac/CROPIX, Alamy, Daniel Reyes/Ecuafutbol, Reuters, Atromitos, Imago/PA, fotoBERNAMA, New Straits Times, José Alonso Paredes Sánchez, Agencja Gazeta, David Price/Arsenal FC/Getty, AP, Asian Football Confederation, Danubio FC and Championat Asia

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» Next Generation 2019: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

The Guardian selects the best young players at each club born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

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» Next Generation: after five years, how has our first full class of picks fared?

From Rashford to Tielemans, we check in on how our initial Next Generation players have got on before the 2019 ones are announced this week

In 2014 we decided that it would be interesting to pick the best young players from each Premier League club – as well as 40 from around the world – and follow them for five years to see how they progressed.

The idea was to try to get a sense of how difficult it is to become a professional footballer despite being one of the best in that country at the age of 16 or 17.

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